Written by: Kimberly Lavoie
I do a lot of walking to get my kids to and from school and run local errands in our small town. I need good walking shoes that last a long time without breaking the budget. That’s why I’m glad I discovered the Saucony ProGrid Omni 9 running shoe. Before buying these shoes I had never heard of the Saucony (pronounced sock-a-knee) brand, but it turns out they’ve been around since 1898, making shoes in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA. They entered the athletic shoe market in 1968. I own the Omni ProGrid 1809-1, and am just finishing off my second pair in eight years.
The Omni 9 offers a supportive, moderate stability shoe that corrects for overpronation in a lightweight (10.9 oz) shoe. When I recently had some mild plantar fascitis issues these were the only shoes I could wear, and their support was one key factor in my rapid recovery. I am not a runner, so I cannot speak to that audience, but for an active walker this shoe will not disappoint.
The Omni 9 offers the following features:
- Moisture wicking liner in the collar
- More moisture wicking designed into the sock area
- Antimicrobial sock lining
- Cushioned sock lining
- Lightweight breathable upper
- ProGrid heel to absorb impact
- Lightweight blown rubber outsole
- Carbon rubber outsole for traction and durability
Pros: For price per quality I do not think Saucony can be beat. Shoes range in price $90-130 and easily last more than a year even with heavy usage. The Omni 9 is comfortable, stylish (as athletic shoes go), and provides great foot support and cushioning. The Omni 9 is available in sizes 5-12, and some sizes are available in different widths. The Omni 9 also comes in a white, black, and light pink color scheme for the more feminine look. There is also a walker style that comes in similar sizes.
Cons: The only downside to this shoe is that it is not entirely weatherproof. While it will keep your foot dry in a slight drizzle, in a true downpour your feet will be wet. However, for a running shoe that needs to be breathable weatherproofing is a tall order. The walker style with leather uppers is probably more water tight. If you’re looking for a prestige or status symbol, Saucony is not for you, they are not brimming with celebrity sports figures. In fact, many of my friends have not even heard of the brand, but my feet are happy.
If you’re looking for a value-packed, comfortable, durable walking shoe, Saucony OmniGrid 9 is for you.